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(gig report) Nedovršena priča 1.1.-Never forget Ivek-01.02.2020.-Močvara, Zagreb

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It was hard for me to visit this gig. One of the hardest gigs I went to, because our fallen brother is in my heart, not one damn day goes by that I don˙t remember him and think of him. Yes, the gig was tribute to brother Ivek, the singer of Pičke Vrište, one of my favorite Croatian bands, who tragically passed away a little more than six months ago.

Our mixed expedition from Čakovec/Varaždin arrived to Močvara in Zagreb just prior to the beginning of this mini festival. When we greeted and talked a bit with familiar faces, hugged some people that mean to us a lot, SHIN started with their set. It was the third time I watched them live and I saw that they have a new drummer and the guy killed it on drums. Shin play excellent hardcore, a mix of old school from the nineties with modern influences thrown in here and there. Singer Tea has one of the best voices in the region delivering brutal, yet at the same time melodic vocal lines. Their set was a mixture of their material from both releases plus I think a new song or two and finished in about fourty or so minutes tim.

There was a quick stage makeover and FAST RESPONSE have risen after a long time. I watched them only one time at Punk Rock Holiday in 2017.and was awed how tight they are and energetic on stage. The original drummer Buda is back and Fast Response sounded better than ever. Vocalist/guitarist Pajo fought with emotions all the time when he dedicated their whole set to Ivek and they killed it, I could almost see the physical hardcore energy flowing from stage and back. I think they played most of the songs from their album and e.p.with everyone singing along, dancing and being sad, yet proud at the same time. Bassist Rudi switched place for the part of the set with their former bass player.

I know that ONE STEP AWAY are for me musically a real machine, technically I think they are the best band in the scene, and they have been that for quite some years now. But, they always surprise me again. It looks so easy when you see them doing it on stage and playing, singer/bassist Zoki´s hands almost invisible on bass, how fast he plays, rest of the band, both guitarist and drummer being in the same league. OSA played their usual all hits set from both of their albums. Although the gig was a bit sad, Ivek would not want us to be sad, being a great and good man he was, so Zoki and company made their usual jokes and stage banter which cracks me up with laughter always. Anyway, this was a mighty set and one of their best I have ever watched.

Everyone who reads our zine knows that DEBELI PRECJEDNIK are my favorite Croatian band in hardcore punk scene. I saw them play live so many times in the last 25 years or so, but they always manage to make me jump and singalong to their anthems. Koca was singing great, all the hits like Marionette, Ready To Fight, Another Day Conquered were there, but there was a really emotional moment when Koca announced the new song they have written for Ivek. In combination with Ivek´s photos that were being projected to the wall at the same time, and with excellent song, a lot of us just couldn˙t hold back tears. They finished their set with all the hits in Croatian language, usual Nema me, Subotom Kićo, Zaboravi, Koljena, Puška and obligatory Farmersko srce at the very end of their set.

Now came the moment that I was at the same time looking forward the most and was also dreading how my heart will cope. It was time for the guys from Ivek´s band PIČKE VRIŠTE stand on the stage for the last time. I went to the first row for this one and knew this was gonna be tough one. They started the set with Tko ostaje, one of my favorite songs and everyone was singing along to the lyrics of the man we miss so much and love so much. After playing two songs, the guys from the band asked everyone in the crowd to turn their heads towards the projector screen on the wall and there was a new video, made from all the videos where Ivek and his crew had fun, parties, birthdays, drunk fun and there was a premiere of the new song which the guys of Cunami crew made for Ivek with Deeda from Fraktura Mozga/Saučešće delivering vocals. Listening to the song and the lyrics I think there was not a heart in the club that was not moved by that one. Then the band continued their set with guest vocals Fedja Popov who traveled all the way from Novi Sad to provide his vocals for Sam, former Fast Response bassist sang on Zrno nade and Perica, Mašinko guitarist sang on Boje tuge. Pičke Vrište quickly made way for a mini set of Ivek´s first band Mirabell, who played five songs of a bit rawer, yet fast and melodic hardcore punk and that was fantastic. Then was the time for grand finale, the guys from the band returned and played Večeras odlazim and Dostojanstvo. Then, it was time for finale and it started with special cover of International you day, by No Use For A Name, guitarist Raši barely sang that one trying to cope and pull it through but we helped him. The last two songs of every Pičke Vrište set were always Oprosti and Sjeti se. During Oprosti I just couldn˙t hold back tears anymore singing along, I remember when Ivek and I sang it together on stage in Mansarda, Lendava, their favorite place to play in Slovenia. Sjeti se was special because Koca from Debeli Precjednik came out as guest vocalist, but the end of the song was sung by full stage of people, like suddenly all of us remembered that he actually never went away besides physically not being with us anymore. As I write this lines, blurred eyes with tears, I feel like he is still with us. He is. Rest in peace brother, not a day goes by that I don`t remember you. I promised myself that I will honor your memory in a special way, personal way that I promised myself some time ago. That way you will always be in my heart. Every second. Every minute. Never forget. Thank you Sinke and all the crew who made this possible. It was special, like Ivek was.

 

 

(gig report) Bödale napadaju vol.6-Prostor Čakovec-03.01.2020.-DAY ONE

This is already the sixth edition of this fine festival which keeps the diy spirit alive in this regions, delivers tour de force of extreme underground music and it is fantastic because it homogenizes the scene and makes it alive with pumping fists in the air.

This year´s edition was organized in our hometown, namely Prostor and the line-up for two days was just superb.

When we arrived at the venue it was filled with metalheads, punks, just people seeking for good music and friends to enjoy the Friday night. Like almost everytime the schedule was late because the soundchecks were still going on, but no matter, we had fun talking to the friends we haven´t seen for a while, from different towns here in Croatia, also from Slovenia.

Finally, it was time for the first band of the evening to start, they were Bögetz, new band from Varaždin, I found out this was their second gig. In fact, this band consists of three Senf members on guitars, bass and vocals, plus different drummer. The music totally surprised me and blew me away, we got half an hour of sludge metal/punk, like a crossbreed of Crowbar, EyeHateGod and hardcore punk. The guys also played fantastic doom sludge cover of a famous song from legendary cartoon Čarobnjakov Šešir(Sorcerer´s Hat). Nice band and gig indeed.

Zvgator were next. I saw this guys play live only once like a year or two ago, when they played as trio-vocals, guitar and drums without bass player, now they have one. Zvgator delivered half an hour of chaotic and drunk black/thrash/speed metal and the crowd in decent full club really enjoyed their set.

Guests from Slovenia, Reach are different from the rest of the bands there, playing brutal and modern version of hardcore kinda like Madball, Risk It and similar bands and they were for me the best band of the evening sounding really superb and energetic. Their original vocalist left for New Zealand, so the singer from Laid To Rest, another Slovenian hardcore band took over the vocal duties and he did a killer job. They played circa 40 minutes of the songs from both of their e.p-s.

Senf from Varaždin are one of the bands that played all of the editions of this festival with guys from the band being involved in promoting this gig, so I knew what to expect with their crossover they play, but I can safely say this set was for me the best I have seen and heard live yet from Senf. They worked a lot, played a lot of gigs and you can feel how they enjoy playing on stage with dual vocals, courtesy of Ivda and Blaž, fast drums and melodic but hard riffs. Their set will be definitely one of the festival highlights. The set was made from all Senf hits hehe, plus Rectal Destroyer and Mikrofonija covers.

Bezdan are four guys from four different cities. They play their vision of old school black death/thrash metal and they always deliver the goods. This time was no exception, the unholy four played a mighty setlist with all their hits like Palermo, Dark Messiah and all the rest. It is fascinating watching the drummer sing and at the same time drumming to fast and technical songs. I always am awed with how much darkness these guys can deliver with their set.

Unfortunately we missed Naekoj this time, but no matter, the festival´s first night was fantastic and extreme music scene is alive and well.

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(gig report) Lagwagon/Satanic Surfers/Alo Stari/Fair Do´s-Kino Šiška, Ljubljana, Slovenia-16.11.2019.

I love melodic punk and this zine is practically full of such music that I love and cherish above all. When I heard about this gig a while ago, it was a must go, because this package is indeed Punk Rock Holiday mini fest hehe, almost like winter edition. The three of us traveled from Zagreb in Irina˙s car, because we went there a day earlier on Friday evening to check out Inteliber in Zagreb, the biggest book fair in these parts.

We arrived in lovely Ljubljana around 5 pm and the gig was not scheduled to start until 7 30 pm, so we had time to eat something, so we found great little Mexican food restaurant and ate some delicious spicy food there.

When I entered Kino Šiška I was amazed with this gig space, it is a former cinema with a lot of space, what is more important, there is no smoking inside, so you don˙t feel like smoked salmon after gig and it is spacious, vast and totally great sounding venue. We greeted friends from Slovenia and Croatia and it was about time to enter because the first band was about to start. FAIR DO´S from UK are no strangers to the pages of this zine, because we reviewed their excellent record out with Lockjaw records some time ago and I was eager to hear the guys play live. Despite going on early they delivered fantastic half an hour set of neckbreaking fast and musically skilled modern melodic hardcore punk with some modern metalcore touches in one new song they presented to us. They reminded me of a mixture between Propagandhi and The Human Project, but they are deliciously fast and I saw such strength emanating from them while playing. Definitely fantastic band to check out live.

ALO STARI from Maribor, Slovenia were on next representing the local scene and I must admit that I am amazed by melodic, energetic pop punk they played with super frontman and lyrics in their own Slovenian language. I was later told that three of the guys played in Trash Candy, so they are no strangers to the scene although this band is relatively new, on scene since April this year with no album released yet. But they definitely showed why are they on tonight`s bill, because I am eager to see them play live again.

I saw SATANIC SURFERS play live a little more than year ago, when we witnessed their great set at Punk Rock Holiday and interviewed them there. It was cool to meet familiar faces again and talk to the bass player Andy and guitarist Magnus again, those guys are so friendly, down to earth and full of positive force. As for their set, the Swedes delivered 45 minutes of energetic fast hardcore punk with Rodrigo doing the drums again as well singing like in old times. The set was made of hits from their still latest album Back from Hell, like Catch my breath, Usurper and couple more, also old hits were in the set although some of the gems were missing due to limited time on stage. The communication with the full house was super, all of us really enjoyed their energy and music. They triumphantly ended their set with Head under water.

It was my third LAGWAGON gig in three years, so I knew that I was in for something great. The new record Railer is for sure one of the best releases this year. They opened their set with one of my favorites from that record being The Suffering. Joey Cape was singing okay, what he couldn`t manage, bass player Joe Raposo covered with fantastic backing vocals added by Chris Rest and Chris Big Bitch Flippin. It was nice to see the band smiling and enjoying their set of oldies Sick, Sleep, Coffee and Cigarettes, but also fantastic new songs like Surviving California, Bubble and Parable. The hits like May 16 and After you my friend were sung by all of us louder than band. This evening was special because it was Joey Cape´s birthday, also Andy from Satanic Surfers too, so they received two fantastic cakes on stage after regular part of the show finished with Razor Burn. Joey tasted cake, took guitar so we knew what was next. The evergreen anthem Alien 8 which we sang like there is no tomorrow and I wanted this show never to end. Such amount of love, good energy, great music, friendship and vibe bands returning to us fans and vice versa. Lagwagon ended their set with Making friends and Stokin the neighbours and I was smiling the whole time with joy after being there, witnessing the gig I will remember as long as I live. There is only one question remaining, why there is no such gigs in Croatia? But maybe it is better that way. I love Slovenia. I love gigs there.